County News

March 22, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Linn County Master Gardeners has received our third mini grant for 2018 from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. The Community Outreach Gardens Project will be overseeing the grant as we partner with community gardens, individual Master Gardeners, and individual community gardeners.

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January 30, 2018

Do you know if your drinking water is safe to consume?

November 17, 2017

Learn more about Midwest zoning and land use.

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November 13, 2017

If you have room in your yard for just one more tree, why not consider the black gum tree (Nyssa sylvatica)?  It’s not a tree that gets much attention around here, but it’s a tree that, if space permits, you should consider planting for the spectacular fall color show.  

Master Gardener Article by Linda Skvor

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October 23, 2017

Check out these robot day camps!

July 25, 2017

Check out this wonderful article by the Linn News-Letter on Denny's Dream!

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June 6, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Linda Skvor

Once again, my yard isn’t going to look the way I want it to look.  I have milkweed actively growing, and it’s not growing where I want it to grow.  The milkweed was even persistent enough to sprout through large, heavy, decorative rocks.

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June 1, 2017

One hundred twenty Iowa State University students are putting the finishing touches on the world’s first Solar Utility Vehicle. Named “Penumbra,” this solar-assisted electric vehicle has been made to change the paradigm of transportation. During the month of June, members from PrISUm (the ISU student organization that manufactured the car) are traveling to all 99 counties in the state of Iowa to showcase the vehicle.  

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May 31, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Lisa Slattery

As spring turns into summer, many bulb flowers are fading leaving behind greenery and some brown foliage. So how do you care for the spring bloomers now to make sure you will have another pretty showing next year? 

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May 31, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Denise Klemp

White gardens have been popular for ages. One of the most popular and well known white gardens is Sissinghurst Castle’s famous white garden in Britain developed by writer Vita Sackville-West.  White gardens are so reflective in partially shaded areas against the green of surrounding trees, shrubs and lawns and stand out in the evening when other colors of blooms seem to fade into the darkness.

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May 31, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Linda Skvor

At the Garden Walk in Linn County a couple years back, one flower in particular took everyone by storm.  Marion resident and Master Gardener, Bev Whitmore, had planted this unusual flower throughout her garden, and the question begged to be answered:   What flower was this?  That amazing flower was the Allium.

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April 26, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Judy Stevens

This spring has been beautiful in Eastern Iowa with all the trees and shrubs in full bloom.  It is tempting to make a selection on a new tree or shrub for your own yard based upon the beauty of a tree you may see as you’re a traveling around.

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April 26, 2017

Master Gardener Article by Linda Skvor

We’ve all seen those hibiscus plants at garden centers with their HUGE blooms, but buying the right one can be a bit confusing.   Which one is for the landscape, or are they just a patio plant?

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April 19, 2017

MG Article by Denise Klemp

 

Gardening is a lifetime hobby.  Gardening has many attributes that fulfill the Blue Zone criteria such as physical exercise, family time, stress reduction, social activity and a more plant-based diet. 

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April 10, 2017

MG Article by Judy Stevens

This is the time of year when gardeners want to dig in the dirt and be rewarded with flowers by the end of May. Due to the cool ground temperatures it is a bit early to plant annuals in the ground. But it's not too early to prep plant containers for patio, deck and outdoor table tops.

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March 29, 2017

MG Article by Lisa Slattery

If you're new to gardening you'll need to familiarize yourself with growing zones and what they mean. If you are a seasoned gardener, you might still be confused about zones. 

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March 21, 2017

MG Article by Tina Patterson.

Water. One of the basics of life.  But over and under watering are two of the major reasons plants might fail. Water consumption varies with species, season of the year, ambient humidity, room temperature, and soil conditions. Research your plants water requirements online or at the garden center. 

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March 21, 2017

MG Article by Linda Skvor.

Admittedly, my initial interest in composting was less about saving the environment and more about avoiding additional garbage bags.  We are a family that rarely eats out, and we consume a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs and coffee.   So, instead of buying bag tags we decided to invest in a small compost bin.

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March 21, 2017

MG Artilce by Denise Klemp.

Now that spring is approaching, we will all soon be outside working in our yards.  Before starting out please consider the safety aspect of all the work and projects you plan to accomplish during the gardening season.   Here’s a list of things to keep in mind.  They probably all sound familiar but it’s when we become complacent and lose focus on how to do jobs safely that accidents and injuries occur.  As the saying goes, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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